Monday, December 8, 2014
Monday, December 1, 2014
The best part? No more hiatus! PB, Jane, and all your foodie friends will be back next week.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
Hello and welcome back, loyal P.B. and Jers! It's been an amazing few months for our friends in the cabinet-- especially our new friend, Plumpy'nut.
Plumpy'nut's storyline was a part of #Team45, Action Against Hunger's global fundraising challenge to end deadly hunger. Our overall goal was to save 1,000 children from deadly hunger by June 30th. Well, thanks to you, our foodie friends, and hundreds of other supporters all over the world, we not only met that goal-- we exceeded it! Plumpy'nut and his ready-to-use therapeutic food friends were able to help 1,111 malnourished children!
So to those of you who donated, shared, and followed Plumpy'nut's journey, he's back to say thank you:
Thanks to you, Plumpy'nut can now treat malnourished children all over the world. Read the inspiring stories of some of those children in our #Team45 impact report.
Loyal P.B. and Jers, thanks a million for all your help with our campaign! We'll be back with our regularly scheduled adventures in the cabinet next week.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Hello loyal P.B. and Jers! It's been a while, so what have our friends in the cabinet been up to?
Well, when we last left off, Plumpy'nut had arrived at the cabinet and was asking for help from P.B., Jane, our other foodie friends, and you guys, too. And thanks to your generosity, Plumpy'nut is closer than ever to his goal!
I wanted to update you on Plumpy'nut's progress because the deadline for making a donation through #Team45, Action Against Hunger's global fundraising campaign to fight deadly hunger, is fast approaching! Our goal is to raise enough money to save 1,000 children by June 30th. Today is that day, but it's not too late to help! You can still make a gift, or spread the word on social media.
Remember, just one dollar is enough to feed a child for a day. So every dollar really does count!
Need any more reasons to give? Here's everyone's favorite cabinet resident, Fluff, with some words of wisdom for you:
Thanks again for all your support, P.B. and Jers! You'll be hearing from Plumpy'nut again soon about what your support will help him accomplish!
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Hello again, loyal and generous P.B. and Jers! In my last post, I said that thanks to your continued support and a generous match, Plumpy'nut and I have already met two more of our goals. Now, Plumpy'nut is back with the second of two new comics to tell you how much progress we've made so far:
Thanks again for all your support, and we'll see you hopefully very soon with the next installment of Plumpy'nut's journey!
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Wow, P.B. and Jers! Thanks to your incredible support and a generous match, we've already reached two more of our goals! Which means you've saved more kids. . . and you get more comics!
So far, I've shared a lot about how RUTFs work and what they can do, but not very much about who they've helped. Action Against Hunger has lifesaving programs in more than 40 countries around the world, and we reach hundreds of thousands of children each year. Children like Peter in Kenya. And, as it happens, Plumpy'nut meets one of our friends in the cabinet who knows a lot about Kenya! Take a look:
Inspired by Peter's story and want to learn about more children we've helped? Check out our #Team45 progress report from the first three months of our campaign-- and keep an eye out for the next report (coming soon!) because you'll get to see some more stories of children you've helped with your donations!
And of course, stay tuned for our next comic tomorrow.
Thanks again, loyal P.B. and Jers! You're the best.
Loyal P.B. and Jers, Plumpy'nut and I have some fantastic news for you! Not only are we more than halfway to our goal of saving 20 children from deadly hunger, but now it will be even easier for us to reach that goal. How? A generous donor has agreed to match all funds raised by #Team45 from now until June 30th, up to $10,000!
What does this mean for you? It means your gift will go even further: A $45 donation, enough to save one malnourished child, will now add up to $90 with the match-- enough to save two children. It also means you'll get to see the rest of Plumpy'nut's cartoon journey twice as fast!
I'm so excited about this, and so are Plumpy'nut and our other friends in the cabinet:
Feeling inspired? If you start your own campaign now, all funds you raise will be matched, too!
And a huge thank-you to those who have already given-- we wouldn't be this close to our goal already without your support.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
In our last comic, we learned more about RUTFs. But before RUTFs, there was therapeutic milk: revolutionary milk formulas that contain a combination of proteins, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins that are essential for helping malnourished children regain their health. These formulas (called F-75 and F-100) slashed mortality rates from malnutrition by record numbers. Building on the success of therapeutic milk formulas, scientists developed RUTFs, which had the same basic ingredients but didn't require clean water, preparation, or long hospital stays.
Now, when a child visits a health center for nutrition treatment, she gets fed therapeutic milk until she's stable enough for RUTFs. So, as Plumpy'nut will tell you in this week's comic, they work together a lot to save lives. And you're helping them do just that!
Thanks to your support, we've already raised enough to save ten malnourished children, and we're well on our way to saving ten more!
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
One of the most revolutionary things about ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTFs) is that they're easy to store and transport. Before RUTFs, malnourished children were treated with therapeutic milk (which we'll learn more about in the next installment.) The milk formula was effective, but only for children who were treated in hospitals or health centers. That meant that children who lived in areas where there were no hospitals, or areas where the hospitals were too crowded, couldn't get the lifesaving treatment they needed.
Easily packaged, shipped, and administered, RUTFs expanded malnutrition treatment from hospitals to communities and family homes-- even in remote areas where children would otherwise not have access to healthcare. Of course, Action Against Hunger still works with and supports local health centers, but RUTFs allow treatment for malnutrition to continue outside health facilities.
Home treatment not only opens doors for more children to get care, but it also makes a child's recovery process easier for her family. With RUTFs, caretakers can treat their malnourished child at home while still tending to other responsibilities, like farms, livestock, businesses, and other family members.
Now that you know how important it is for Plumpy'nut to be transported to homes across the world, I want to thank you again for helping him get there. (And Grandma Peanut Brittle will thank you, too. . . as long as he gets to his destination safely.)
Plumpy'nut will be back tomorrow to share the next part of his journey with you!
Friday, April 18, 2014
In this comic, we'll learn a little bit more about how Plumpy'nut works. Severely malnourished children have trouble processing complex foods, but ready-to-use therapeutic foods are easy to digest and contain a balance of fats, carbohydrates, proteins, minerals and vitamins. So they're full of energy and nutrients to help children recover from malnutrition. Which is exactly what sick children need... but maybe not exactly what X-Treme Crunchy P.B. is looking for:
Looks like Plumpy'nut and X-treme Crunchy are taking action, and you can too! And stay tuned for the next installment of Plumpy'nut's quest to save 20 children from hunger.
Thanks again for all your support, P.B. and Jers!
Thursday, April 17, 2014
But before we get to that, I want to answer a couple questions I've gotten so far about the campaign, Plumpy'nut, and lifesaving nutrition treatment.
Q: What is Plumpy'nut?
A: As my campaign goes on, you'll learn a bit more about Plumpy'nut with each new comic. But here's a preview: Plumpy'nut is a peanut butter-based, nutrient-dense ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF), which means it's specially formulated to help children recover from severe malnutrition. RUTFs require no clean water, refrigeration, or preparation (hence "ready-to-use"), which makes it easier for kids to receive treatment at home, even in remote areas. RUTFs are revolutionary: they've saved millions of kids. Now, we can save twenty more. Want to learn more about lifesaving nutrition? Watch this amazing video.
Q: Why 45? What does $45 pay for?
A: Why 45? Because you can save a life in just 45 days for just $45. $45 can pay for a full course of lifesaving nutrition treatment for a severely malnourished child: three packets of Plumpy'nut a day for 45 days.
Q: So $45 pays for nutrition treatment. What happens after children finish with the treatment?
A: After a child receives nutrition treatment and regains her health, Action Against Hunger also works with her family and community to make sure she stays healthy. We support local health centers so she can get regular check-ups. We teach classes on cooking and childcare. And beyond nutrition, we install and repair safe water points, promote healthy hygiene habits,help farmers grow healthier crops, support small businesses and local markets, and so much more--all of which helps to fight hunger.
Q: I want to donate, but I can't give $45. What can I give?
A: As Plumpy'nut himself is about to tell you, just $1 is enough to provide a day's worth of Plumpy'nut for a child in need. So any amount you can give is going to make a difference. For real! And if you can't spare the cash, you can be generous with your sharing: share this comic on Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, etc. (And follow Action Against Hunger if you want, too.)
Okay, now that I've answered your questions, let's get to the good stuff! Here's the next installment in Plumpy'nut's quest.
He's well on his way, but he still needs your help! Will you help him reach his next goal?
Thanks for your support!
Monday, April 14, 2014
That's why for the next few weeks, this comic will be dedicated to raising funds for #Team45, Action Against Hunger's social fundraising campaign to save children from hunger. It takes just $45 to save a malnourished child's life using ready-to-use therapeutic food, and I'm hoping to raise $900 to save 20 malnourished children.
How will it work? This week, you'll be introduced to Plumpy'nut, a ready-to-use therapeutic food packet who's on a mission to save 20 children from hunger. For every $100 raised, I'll post a new comic that gets Plumpy'nut one step closer to his goal.
So, if you want to save children from hunger, or if you just enjoy reading these silly comics every week and want to see Plumpy'nut's story progress, please consider making a donation. (Everyone who contributes will get a thank-you note from Plumpy'nut and our other friends from the cabinet!) Also, if you like this campaign, please share the love on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Blogger, etc.
Okay, without any further ado... let's get to the comic so you can meet Plumpy'nut!
Hey, if you're feeling inspired and want to get involved in #Team45, you can join today and do your own fundraiser to help end hunger. We'd love to have you on the team! Thanks so much, everyone!